Shirley A. Ceithamer
Nov. 5, 1931 — Feb. 13, 2016
Shirley A. Ceithamer, 84, was called home to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 13, 2016.
Shirley Ann Whelan was born on November 5, 1931, in Oconomowoc, to Phillip and Nora (O’Brien) Whelan. She was a 1949 graduate of Oconomowoc High School. On November 27, 1952, she married Kenneth Ceithamer at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in Oconomowoc. She was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church and the Catholic Women’s Club in Watertown as well as a lifetime member of the VFW Post 7852, and served as president of the Ladies Auxiliary for 14 years. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her family and the “Whelan Clan” meant the world to her. She was a very caring and giving person who would put anyone first. How she lived her life was a true testament of her faith. Shirley loved to knit and donated many of the different things she made to the veterans and the Senior Center. She also loved to knit hats, scarves, mittens and slippers for her kids and grandkids.
Shirley is survived by her husband, Kenneth of Watertown; their six children, Corrine O’Brien, Catherine (Tom) Henze and Kenneth G. (Amy) Ceithamer, all of Watertown, Daniel (Josephine) Ceithamer of Singapore, Richard (Connie Shelton) Ceithamer of Watertown, and Kristine Ceithamer of Silverdale, Wash.; seven grandchildren, CaTrina (Chris) Schwandt, Andrew (Brianna Schwartz) Ceithamer, John (Nicole) King, Christal (fiancé Riley Walker) Ceithamer, Vanessa Ceithamer, Emily (Alexander Root-Roatch) Ceithamer, and Noah Ceithamer; six great-grandchildren; sisters May Binnebose of Watertown and Dorothy “Dody” (Robert) Sadler of Oconomowoc; brothers Phillip “Bud” (Mary) Whelan of Phoenix, Ariz., and John “Jack” (Sharon) Whelan of Watertown; three sisters-in-law, Mary Whelan, Phyllis Whelan and Sue Whelan; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Shirley was preceded in death by a son, James, in infancy; her parents; brothers Gene Whelan, Earl Whelan, William Whelan and Robert Whelan; and one sister, Joan Williams.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, February 20, at 11 a.m. at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Watertown with Father Patrick Wendler as celebrant. Burial will be in the St. Jerome’s Catholic Cemetery in Oconomowoc. Relatives and friends may gather at the funeral home on Friday, February 19, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
Memorials, if desired, would be appreciated to St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.
Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown, 920-261-2218, is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.